How to write memoir with Marion Roach Smith, author and teacher
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September, 11 2017
It’s September 11th. Everyone has a story about that day in 2001. Here’s an essay I read on NPR’s All Things Considered right after the attacks on America. See if it inspires you to write yours.
September, 14 2017
Ode to the Lighthouse
On this day in 1716 America’s first lighthouse was lit. Located in Boston Harbor, on Little Brewster Island, it was not our first land-based navigation signal, since history records that there was a beacon on Point Allerton in Hull as early as 1673 in the form of an open iron basket or grate in which “fier-bales of pitch and ocre” were burned. Have you got a lighthouse story? I bet you do. Having trouble getting started? Try my Memoir How-To category on the blog. And write on.
September, 15 2017
The Birds Are on The Wing
The birds are on the move. They’ve actually been at it for a while, though it’s just becoming noticeable in most regions of the country – as well as online. Haven’t checked out an online bird site yet? Type in the name of your town, and the words “bird migration” and be amazed to see the calendar for who is visiting on their way south. Do some research and write a piece. Look online at http://www.birdnature.com/fallfl.html
September, 19 2017
First Frost? Got a story?
What does frost really do? Many things, including reviving the story of Jack Frost. We’ve almost lost touch with the folklore of the man who is kind of a cross between Father Christmas and Old Man Winter. He appears in Viking folklore and early English tales as well as Russian stories, all in an attempt to explain who paints those marvelous patterns on our windows when the frost arrives.
September, 21 2017
The Birth of American Newspapers
On this day 1784, the nation’s first daily newspaper, the Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser, began publication. By the beginning of the Revolutionary War, 37 independent newspapers kept our colonists informed. Do you love newspapers? Write a love letter and send it along to your local paper as an op-ed.